National Audubon Society appoints new climate vice president

(February 1, 2022) – The National Audubon Society has named Sarah Rose as its next Vice President of Climate. The role will coordinate policy, conservation and science teams in support of the organization’s broader strategy to address the impact of climate on birds and the places they need to survive.

Rose is currently the executive director of Audubon California, one of NAS’s largest state offices. She has held the position for four years. Previously, she worked for the California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV) for more than two decades, serving as Director of Policy, Senior Vice President, and six years as CEO of CLCV and 501(c)( 4 ) CLCV Education Fund.

“Sarah understands what makes Audubon unique and what will help distinguish our work in the climate space: leading with science, political pragmatism and a powerful grassroots network,” said Marshall Johnson, NAS Director of Curatorial. “Critically, Sarah also recognizes the importance of building genuine and constructive partnerships with local communities and organizations, ensuring that any work we undertake is done with deference and in consultation with the communities most directly affected. “

Audubon’s 2019 report, Survival By Degrees, found that two-thirds of North American bird species will be vulnerable to extinction if global temperatures continue to rise at the current rate. The organization has also documented how natural climate solutions such as maintaining and restoring wetlands, grasslands and forests can benefit both birds and humans by protecting wildlife habitat and naturally sequestering carbon. The organization has set itself the goal of helping achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

“The effects of climate change will continue to intensify, and as they do, they won’t be felt the same way,” Rose said when he was hired. “Many human communities and bird species will suffer the hardest, often those that already bear a disproportionate burden and risk. Our solutions must make sense on the ground for the human and avian communities where they currently live, and support pathways for aggressive global reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

“Sarah’s work in California has shown how powerful Audubon is when we integrate our climate work into all of our conservation priorities,” said Richard H. Lawrence, chair of the board’s climate committee. ‘Audubon and Executive Director of Overlook Investment Group. “She has chaired efforts to address climate threats such as intensifying wildfires and drought, as well as conservation efforts in areas like the Salton Sea. She is dedicated to protecting the birds we love, as well as the places humans and wildlife need to survive.

Rose will be based in San Francisco, Calif., and will begin her new role on March 1.

About Audubon
The National Audubon Society protects the birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow. Audubon works across the Americas using field science, advocacy, education, and conservation. State programs, nature centers, chapters and partners give Audubon an unprecedented scale that reaches millions of people each year to inform, inspire and unite diverse communities in conservation action. A non-profit conservation organization since 1905, Audubon believes in a world in which people and wildlife thrive. Learn more about audubon.org and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @audubonsociety.

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